Marina di Ragusa and Hyblaean coast are one of the most famous seaside areas in Sicily. Charming seaside resorts and fishing villages follow one another along the shore, characterized by wide golden sandy beaches and a clean crystal-clear sea.
The sandy shallow waters make this area an ideal place for families and children.
The Mediterranean climate, warm and sunny during the most part of the year, makes this corner of Sicily a relaxing but lively holiday resort, thanks to the presence of several restaurants and night-clubs situated along the coast.
Marina di Ragusa
There are about 5 miles coastline of beaches in Marina di Ragusa. All along the beach that runs along the Lungomare Andrea Doria, the sand is fine and golden and the bottoms are gradual and downs, you can gain even long walks into the water alongside the beach, here there are wide beaches and in small areas can avail the services of lidos. In addition the Harbour, to the west, the sand disappears and the coast has small rock formations, smoothed by the sea, where you can sunbathe, fish or just do dips, this stretch is included in the districts of S. Barbara and Punta di Mola, on the border with Casuzze.
The archaeological site of Kamarina, one of the most important in Sicily, is a precious heritage of land and underwater archeology. Kamarina, whose name would mean "Settled after a great effort" according to Stabone, was an important colony of Syracuse, built on the Ippari river's mouth in the Province of Ragusa. Nowaday only some ruins and important archaeological finds remain, mainly located on Cammarana hill in the territory of Ragusa's municipality.
Founded at the beginning of 6th Century B.C. from Syracusa people whit the aim of holding back the south expansion of Gela, Kamarina quickly begun an important rural centre and landmark for the thriving trade exchanges into the Hyblaean hinterland. Destroyed after a conflict against the town of Syracuse, it was built again by Gela between 492 B.C. and 461 A.C., retrieving its splendour thanks to a strong alliance with Athens, against Syracuse during the Peloponnesian war. In 403-401 B.C. Kamarina was destroyed again by Hannibal's army. After the Punic dominance it met with a new period of prosperity at the end of 4th Century B.C., hitting the maximum level of its urban expansion under Timoleonte (339 B.C.). After the Roman conquest in 258 B.C. it was finally destroyed by the Arab people in 827.
Situated on a hill, the acropolis shows nowadays the ruins of Athena's temple; at the south-western end of the hill, between the temple of Athena Polias and the port the agora extends, even if its excavations were not completed yet. The best-retained ruins of the boundary walls are instead located under the hill of Heracles. The discovered finds are kept in the Archaeological Museums of Kamarina, Ragusa and Syracuse. The Regional Museum of Kamarina, a rural building of late 19th Century, offers a private section showing underwater archaeological finds, illustrates the political, economic and civil history of Kamarina and exhibits several objects of worship, as well as it hosts to temporary exhibitions.
The town of Scoglitti, summer resort in the municipality of Vittoria, overlooks the coast of the Gulf of Gela, nearby the archaeological site of Kamarina. The seaside resort, offering a lovely marina and a shelter harbour for fishing boats, is an interesting fishing and tourist centre. Very interesting the picturesque afternoon auction sale of fish which gives life to the centre of this seaside village. The shore offers numerous beaches extending from Ippari river, characterized by the very fine sand and the presence of picturesque white dunes.
The Nature Reserve is a protected area located between Club Punta Secca and Scoglitti. Consists of a pine forest overlooking the sea, offers a charming beach which is characterized by the presence of multiform shells. In the past, private game reserve, is now made up of a forest of pine trees and many varieties of trees including oak, thorny, the eucalyptus, myrtle, cypress and other species of the Mediterranean. Surrounding the reserve are the ruins of some cemeteries belonging to the archaeological site of Kamarina.
Punta Braccetto, already inhabited in prehistoric times, was used as a landing by the Byzantines and Normans to secure their vessels. At the so-called "Trial of Colombara", in 1595, was built the "Tower Vigliena" to defend the coast frequently attacked by pirate ships. In the area of "Canalotti", characterized by high cliffs and deep water, the Allies landed in 1943. Legambiente and the Italian Touring Club are considered among the best beaches in Italy and placed in the "Blue Guide 2011".
Torre di Mezzo
The beach of Torre di Mezzo, a few kilometers from Punta Secca, owes its name to the presence of a tower located between Punta Secca Scalambri tower and the tower of Punta Braccetto. This building was used for sighting at sea and today there are only a few remnants. This stretch of coast is very popular with holidaymakers for its beautiful beach and ampiaa enclosed between two rocky cliffs that protect it.
It is a small fishing village characterized by the presence of a small formation of rocks in front of the main beach. Once an important commercial port, is today a small marina for pleasure craft and fishing boats, dominated by the lighthouse which was built in 1853 and has a height of 34 meters. In the square tower is the home of "Commissario Montalbano", made famous by the homonymous TV series.
Caucana e Casuzze
The settlements of Caucana, a seaside resort near Punta Secca, stand next to an archaeological park that houses the remains of past witnesses of this area in which the survivors fled to the last and final destruction by the Romans, the colony Greek Kamarina (258 BC). The archaeological park protects the beautiful beach of "Along the sea of junk" on which you stretch out, clinging to the ridge, the remains of the houses of the ancient settlement. The archaeological park during the summer, hosts cultural events and exhibitions and theatrical performances that take place in the lovely open-air theater in a beautiful location where sea and ancient ruins blend harmoniously.
Oasi della Foce Dell' Irminio
The Irminio River, the longest in the province of Ragusa, born from the slopes of Monte Lauro, an ancient volcano, now dormant Hyblean plateau, and flows after a long journey in the Mediterranean Sea. According to Pliny the Elder Irminio derives its name from Hermes, the ancient god Mercury in these waters fell in love with the nymph Dafnide. The river has been in ancient times the vehicle and the fastest path to connect the coast with internal territories. The oasis of Irminio is now a wildlife protected area where the vegetation typical of the Mediterranean joins the clear sea and shallow water. Legambiente and the Italian Touring Club have counted the beach of this nature reserve among the best beaches in Italy and has been included in the "Blue Guide 2011".
Playa Grande is a town located near Donnalucata and is part of a protected nature reserve. The largest beach of Playa consists of fine golden sand and is washed by the cobalt blue sea.
The beach Donnalucata, after Marina di Ragusa, is composed of fine, golden sand beaches and lapped by clear turquoise sea. Characteristic is the fish market that offers every variety of fish and that colors the morning life of the seaside resort. The charming seaside promenade, enlivened by pubs and stalls, extends up to the marina characterized by colorful fishing boats. Immediately after the river which flows through the town, develops a wide sandy shore of "wild" and not very popular, including those of Palo White, Red and Palo Spinasanta. The water moves and wave motions that characterize this stretch of coastline, making this an ideal place for practicing surfing and windsurfing.
Cava D' Aliga
Cava d'Aliga, seafaring village of the municipality of Scicli, offers a beautiful beach characterized by the presence of two cliffs that offer a fascinating viewpoint. The origin of the name seems to be related to the presence of algae that after every storm filled the beautiful white sand beach. The small cliffs on this stretch of coast and formed through the waves, suggestive of the host cavity: the case of the beautiful Smuggler's Cave, deep quarry located on the east coast of the main beach and crossed by a strip of sea in the first afternoon illuminates a light spectacular. The area of Punta Corvo, where an old lighthouse now abandoned, is characterized by rugged cliffs and small coves covered with palmettos.
The town of Pozzallo was built around the tower built by Bernardo Cabrera, Count of Modica, in the fourteenth century, to defend the city. Maritime and fishing among the most important of the province of Ragusa, the city of Pozzallo offers popular sandy beaches and shorelines rich bathing beaches and nightlife.
Santa Marina del Focallo
After the white rocks of the coast Cirica crumbles in different microcalette that ultimately "flat" in the long beach of Santa Maria del Focallo. Located between Ispica and Pozzallo, is known for the beauty of its beaches but also for its historical value: it collects, in fact, the remains of an ancient watchtower. The beach is full of small dunes and beautiful rows of eucalyptus and acacia trees, houses thousands of tourists every year. The sea that laps this stretch of coast is clear blue. Legambiente and the Italian Touring Club are considered among the best beaches in Italy and placed in the "Blue Guide 2011".
Baia di Porto Ulisse
This dramatic coast, located near Syracuse, is characterized by the presence of a beautiful beach called "Porto Ulisse", known for its superb views over the beautiful rocks. The sea is crystal clear, calm waters and still offers thanks to the presence of a small creek. Cited by Cicero, Pliny and Ptolemy, the bay of Porto Ulisse is renowned as a legendary spot where he landed the Homeric hero during his wanderings in the Mediterranean Sea. Composed of sandy creek and bounded by the rocky headland of Punta Castellazzo, where once was a large fortress built to defend the port and the hinterland. The archaeologists have identified Apollo, a Roman station where it was possible to pull the boat dry. Several specimens found, including fragments of a silted-sixth century Byzantine ship, discovered in 1960 about 500 meters from the coast.
The Longarini Pantani, lakes of brackish water separated from the sea by sand dunes are located near Syracuse, a few hundred meters from the coast. Among the few areas of the lake province of Ragusa, constitute a large complex of marshes that stretches for several kilometers between Ispica and Pachino. Since the time of the Greeks and Romans, this area was used as the inner harbor, it is impossible to create harbors along the coast. The area has become a resting place for many varieties of migratory birds during their seasonal movements from Africa to northern Europe, stopping in the marsh. Several species can be found there, including the mallard, the flamingo, the heron, the fiscione turkish, herons and storks.
Isoletta dei Porri
Located in front of Santa Maria del Focallo, near Syracuse, is the beautiful island of Leeks consists mainly of three rocky reefs characterized by the presence of the only plant form existing on the island, the leek Allium ampeloprasum which took its current name. Protected natural area, is particularly suitable for the practice of scuba diving.
A few kilometers from the town of Pozzallo extends a picturesque coast of sandy bays and high cliffs overlooking the sea, characterized by the famous cliffs of Punta Ciriga and turquoise waters breaking on the white sand and white rocks. Opposite the beach of Punta Ciriga stands the island of Iannuzzo, a stack of triangular detached from the coast of Ragusa and not covered by any vegetation.